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Everything posted by deejaycee

  1. I believe you'll find that to be the case for all Carni stock, as it was David Yanke that imported Carni semen in about 2004. There were Carni genetics in NZ before that, they were just a minor part of the mix and hadn't been kept as a distinctive race. G'day, by the way - I think we've met before on beesource.
  2. g'day Mark What's the course you're doing? Would be very interested in seeing what's being offered round and abouts.
  3. In Hawke's Bay, John and Judy Dobson: http://www.carricell.com/ Good people, good bees.
  4. In order to start a new hive, yes, you do. Queen suppliers generally supply queen cells, caged mated queens or (more rarely and quite specialised) AI breeder queens. You might buy either cells or mated queens to requeen existing hives with older or poor performing queens, to add a queen to a queenless hive, or to make splits and increase your hive numbers. You could well learn to make your own queens - there are a bunch of methods and it's not difficult, but for many hobbyists with only one hive, if they lose their current queen then the ability to pick up a phone and get a queen cell on short notice is the difference between the whole hive living or dying. Breeder queens can go for over a thousand bucks a pop and are used to guarantee or 'fix' certain genetic traits - they will be purchased by large commercial beekeepers who will use the breeder queen to breed their own queen cells to requeen all their hives.
  5. actually, that would be right.
  6. Very nicely done, Paul. Got a reply from our Council. Apparently the Hastings bylaw isn't up for review until September 2015. Why so long if the original bylaw was written in 2006? = apparently there was some sort of general overarching bylaw reviewed in 2010. Little odd it seems, but so be it. Quite glad it doesn't need to be a rush job to get in on a review though.
  7. whoops.. sorry Grant, the 'nevermind' was typed before I had seen your reply, so was a nevermind to my question, not to your reply.
  8. nevermind - just heard about 6 minutes into the radio show it has arrived recently. The reason I ask is that reading the original post, where the corridor is intended " to encourage bees to travel" - my first impression of that is intending to encourage feral colonies to leapfrog through areas through swarming and establishing feral colonies along the way? I infer feral colonies out of that since managed colonies are only going to travel in a set radius from their hive to forage, and unless deliberately placed along the corridor, it wouldn't extend their 'travel'. On that interpretation, it's an admirable idea, but I am not sure if it is practical or perhaps even ultimately helpful at this point in the South Island's varroa invasion stage. Look back to the North Island - the first couple of years of varroa in any location were particularly nightmarish, in large part because of the constant reinvasion pressure from failing feral colonies. You could treat hives one month, and find them collapsing again a matter of weeks later because they had robbed a collapsing feral hive. Admittedly I wasn't beekeeping back then, but I'm on good terms with many who were, hobbyist and commercial, and have heard the stories. We really don't have ferals re-establishing in the North Island yet and I guesstimate we're still a good five years or so away from that starting based on the American experience - and our NI bees have had a decade already to learn to cope and start to establish some genetic strengths. SI bees have got a long way to go yet - it'll be a shorter trip in some ways, but now chemical resistance is with us the playing field has just shifted again. So, in order to help managed colonies, you need to look at how managed colonies forage - not in corridors, but in circles. Establish where colonies are, and plant in concentric circles out from there. (admittedly I don' t know how wide this corridor they're talking about is, but unless it's at least 6 km wide and the hive is planted smack dab 3 km in from each side, then you've got to be a bit wary of the feelgood factor of giving what amounts to a crumb of cake to a starving man. bah. I think I have my curmudgeon boots on today. Really, I do applaud their efforts - I have just seen a lot of misdirected energy lately, and it is very frustrating.
  9. Grant, what's the varroa situation in North Otago - has it arrived or not?
  10. I do know how to spell. I do know how to spell. I do know how to spell. I just don't know how to type on four hours sleep. will check in tomorrow, thanks.
  11. dangit, Paul. Stop making so much headway - you're gonna make me work to keep up! Ok, help me out here guys. Reading Paul's link to the Local Government act briefly, I take it that a bylaw must be reviewed "no later than 5 years after the bylaw was made, if the bylaw was made after 1 July 2003." So given that our Hastings bylaw http://www.hastingsdc.govt.nz/bylaws-part-03-animals is dated September 2006, it ought to be up for review now? (assuming it hasn't already happend an we've missed it). The bylaw sounds a bit similar to what Palmy had, and I know of no beekeeper here to has a permit from the council - in fact, when I inquired four years ago about keeping a couple of hive in town I was told by some council boffin that "there are no beehives in Hastings and there aren't going to be any. We won't issue permits for them because they're a danger to the public - people can be killed. You could apply for a resource consent, but it will cost you, and it still won't be granted because they are dangerous'. charming, huh?
  12. For us, Saturday was moving half a dozen hives for pollination: we don't do commercial pollination as such, but we do swap hives on our permanent sites once a year as the bloom comes on so they are coming in fresh and will hit the target blooms hard. So this weekend it was swapping hives that have spent the last year in an apple orchard with hives from a blueberry block. Both blocks are flowing and the girls will make a meal of it. Then I went on to swarm and supply checking a couple of yards. Split one with swarm cells, noted those that will need splitting or a bit of brood lifted next week, confirmed a new supercedure queen is laying in one hive, confirmed laying queens in both halves of a Demaree and split it into two hives, marked a nasty hive with a climbing queen for replacement, IDed two hives that will act as donors for a queen cell raiser I'll start next weekend, and added supers to a couple of hives working a strong flow. Best of all, home by two in the afternoon.
  13. Not known to be here as far as I'm aware. see: http://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/files/regs/imports/risk/ira-honey-products-and-equip.pdf Document is from 2002, see page 15 re braula
  14. Very interesting. Most of the video though the bees seem to be paying far more attention to the braula than the varroa. The bee they follow with two mites on her back - the one closest to her head is varroa, but it's a braula at the rear. Certainly the one they focus on being removed from about 4.19 is a braula, and it looks like the remainder of the video all the mites being focussed on are braula too.
  15. g'day Paul - just realised I forgot to sign the post - tis me, Deanna Corbett I haven't done drone culling as yet, though considering trying a few hives this season. What I can tell you is that in my natural comb hives (no foundation, just natural comb built in frames), the hives were notable for a complete lack of burr comb - given the opportunity to build drone comb freely in the frames, they took it and didn't bother burring up between the boxes.
  16. Hi Paul. You're way shy on that number I'm afraid. Studies generally indicate a preferred natural drone level in spring of 15-17% of the hive population. In a natural smallish hive of 30,000, that could be a population of 4,500-5,100 drones. Of course that's not usually apparent to the eye, as a good proportion of the drones are out congregating or visiting other hives. Also, that number is going to vary wildly according to the vigour and circumstances of the hive - they will only rear drones when and where it suits them, and to a level the hive is comfortable with at any given point in the season. I also have a paper from Prof Clarence Collison in the US of a study with one of his graduate students of the effect of drone population and the effects of freedom in drone comb construction or some title like that. Basically they took comparable hives (more like nucs from memory), kept one with standard foundation, effectively "restricting" drone comb construction so drone cells were built as burr comb between boxes, or in rows inside the bottom edge of the frames (where the foundation is shorter), and let one build free form comb in frames with no foundation. Then they went back in every few days and counted all the larvae of a specific age in all drone cells. Although the study is not perfect (as most are not), the result was that the bees raised the same number of drones in both colonies. In those with "restricted" drone comb, perhaps (going by memory here) the rate of re-use of cells was a bit faster, whereas in free comb they would use a cell, backfill it with honey or leave it empty for some time before re-use, but at the end of the day, the same number of drones were raised in both. The point is, the bees are resilient and resourceful, and will generally raise the drones they want (and far more than it could be argued they need), regardless of what we do.
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